Kate Peyser



Every year, Giving Tuesday improves communities all over the world, and this year, you can too! Your participation, through a monetary or vehicle donation, will help us award scholarships to students wanting to develop careers in the automotive industry!

Donate Now: https://bit.ly/2DJYLk0

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Another Cuyamaca College Automotive “Skills Day” in the Books

by Chris Branton

The 38th annual “Skills Day” Competition with the local high school automotive programs was held May 6th, 2017 at Cuyamaca College Automotive Department. We also had our Cuyamaca students competing against each other. Students arrived at 7:00 a.m. to participate in the half day event in a “Basic” competition for beginning high school students, and an “Advanced” competition for the 2nd-4th year students. Prizes were purchased from automotive funds and donations from ASCCA Local Chapter 24, Napa Auto parts, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and WPD (World Parts Depot). Volunteers from Automotive Service Counsel of California helped run the competition. Mr. Stuart Terry from Stuart Terry’s Automotive and Mr. Steve Vanlandingham from Van’s Automotive were judges. Many other people from ASCCA, O’Reilly’s and the College automotive staff were here to help judge, score, entertain, and feed the crowd. There also were driving simulators with real sprint cars. Snap-on tools were also awarded to students for the contests; thanks goes to Snap-on tools for the support!

Kate PeyserAnother Cuyamaca College Automotive “Skills Day” in the Books
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First Annual Jeff Stich Memorial Scholarship

ASCCA’S Educational Foundation, ASCEF, was founded 20 years ago by the women’s auxiliary of ASCCA to provide scholarships and financial assistance to students wishing to develop a career in the automotive field and began by raising money raffling off homemade quilts.

Today ASCEF, largely through the efforts of the Cars for Careers project, has grown into an organization that provides educational and training opportunities, scholarships and endowments in the field of automotive repair.

Kate PeyserFirst Annual Jeff Stich Memorial Scholarship
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ASC Educational Foundation Awards 2016 Scholarships

Sacramento, CA, November 30, 2016 – Continuing its mission to support and advance the automotive service industry through financial support of industry bound students, the ASC Educational Foundation has awarded its 2016 scholarships.

Scholarship award recipients include:

George Williamson, De Anza College
Ngoc Hua, Rio Hondo College
Wyatt Hatcher, Universal Technical Institute
Fernando Rodriguez-Diaz, Merced College
Jordan Garcia, UTI
Daniel Swan, Skyline College
Danny Diaz, Cuyamaca College
Jenny Wong, Los Angeles Trade Technical
Raymond Meza, Rio Hondo College
Omar Chavez, Ventura College
Jonathan Rocha, De Anza College
Christian Amezquita, Rio Hondo College

“The Foundation is thrilled to be helping these students pursue their goals in the automotive services profession,” said Mary Kemnitz, Foundation chair. “Our main purpose is to assist and mentor those students who hold the same passion for this industry as we do.”  Qualified applicants include California high school seniors who plan to enroll in post-high school technical/academic training or California college undergraduates in the automotive services field.

ASCEF has been awarding scholarships since 2000 through its very successful Cars4Careers program.  Vehicle donations and financial contributions provide the funds for the scholarships.  “Our Cars4Careers vehicle donation program provides the fuel for the foundation, while our volunteers drive our mission forward,” quipped Kemnitz.

The application for the 2017 scholarship program is available at www.ascef.org.
Tax deductible donations to ASCEF can be mailed to ASCEF, 700 R Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA  95811.  ASCEF is a non-profit corporation which serves the industry through educational scholarships, endowments, mentorship and professional development.


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Automotive Education News – April 28th, 2016

Prizes Galore as Cuyamaca Turns Auto-Tech Students Loose in Contests

Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be on the line Saturday, May 7, when Cuyamaca College revs up its annual Automotive Skills Day — showcasing its automotive technology program with high school and college students turning wrenches in head-to-head competition.

The skills contests takes place from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Automotive Technology complex (Building K) followed by a slew of auto- and technology-related activities, games and lunch.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 28th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 27th, 2016

Lisle’s Universal Technical Institute helps transportation employers incentivize career training

LISLE – As elected officials struggle to fund higher education and expand vocational career training programs, employers in Illinois are working with industry partners to encourage students to complete career training programs at technical schools. Some employers are now offering tuition reimbursement, and other hiring incentives, to help pay for technical education.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 27th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 25th, 2016

Success Looks Like Me: City students learn about STEM careers

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s Success Looks Like Me project is helping some Buffalo Public high school students learn about STEM careers in the automotive world. WBFO’s Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this program provides low-income, minority students with a chance to interact with local and national leaders of color who are successful adults.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 25th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 21st, 2016

Automotive program builds good people

GRAND BLANC — When Denny Holt came to Grand Blanc High School in 2011, he wasn’t sure what he had gotten himself into. As the new Automotive Instructor, he had big dreams and goals for the Automotive Program, but was uncertain about what kind of support he would receive.

However, he soon found out the school district was behind him 110 percent. “I told Clarence Garner my first year, if you give me the resources I need, I’ll build the best Automotive Program in the state of Michigan.” And that’s what he has done.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 21st, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 20th, 2016

Volvo Construction Equipment holds educational program

On Wednesday, April 6, approximately 25 students from the automotive program at Broughton High School and the Diesel Tech program at Wilkes Community College visited Volvo Construction Equipment provider ASC Construction Equipment USA LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about how they could be a solution to what has become a near-crisis skills gap in North America.

The event is part of an ongoing partnership between Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Volvo dealerships, SkillsUSA, Leesburg, Virginia, and Skills Canada, Ottawa, Ontario—organizations dedicated to improving the quality of North America’s skilled workforce—to bring attention to the skills gap issue in the construction industry.
Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 20th, 2016
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Automotive Education News – April 15th, 2016

Toyota donates 45 engines to technical schools in north Alabama

Before Leslie Pitts became a student at Limestone County Career Technical Center, he was working on engines on a small farm where he grew up.

The 10th grader wants to put his experience to work someday by building engines for companies like Toyota’s Huntsville plant, the only Toyota facility in the world to make four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines under one roof.

Pitts is one of many north Alabama students who will benefit from Toyota’s recent donation of 45 V6 engines to automotive programs in Madison, Limestone, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb and Cullman counties. Many students in those programs were previously using engines that are 10 years old.

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Kate PeyserAutomotive Education News – April 15th, 2016
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